A new director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco was named Wednesday, filling the position left vacant since the death of John Buchanan 15 months ago.
Colin Bailey, currently associate director and chief curator of the Frick Collection in New York, will take over an organization that’s shifting its focus from a series of blockbuster exhibitions to the museums’ permanent collections. The organization comprises the de Young and Legion of Honor museums. Read More
There are many gems in “Rembrandt’s Century,” but perhaps none quite as charming as the engraving of a dozing tabby cat oblivious to the panicky mouse behind him.
“The Large Cat” by Cornelis Visscher is one of the most famous animal prints of the 17th century. It is one of more than 200 rarely seen prints and drawings, taken largely from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s collections, in “Rembrandt’s Century,” on view at the de Young Museum through June 2. Read More
Two San Francisco museums are facing labor strife, with the vast majority of union workers at the de Young and Legion of Honor voting to allow their bargaining team to call a strike.
The nonprofit workers represented by SEIU Local 1021 say they’re angry that their health benefit costs are increasing, despite nearly $20 million in increased assets over the past two years for the Corporation of Fine Arts Museums, which runs the two facilities. Read More
The director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, John Edward Buchanan Jr., died Friday at the age of 58 after a battle with cancer, according to museum officials.Buchanan joined the organization, which comprises the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, in 2006 and led the museums to record levels of attendance during his tenure. Read More
Museums are offering a plethora of art and culture. Here’s a short list of upcoming exhibitions and cultural events worth investigation.
Click the picture for a gallery of works. Read More
Pablo Picasso, the most recognized name in modern art, is the subject of a big, fabulously varied exhibit that opened Saturday at the de Young Museum, where his art, rather than his fame, is featured.
“Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris” ignores the artist’s “biography and mythology,” says Fine Arts Museums director John E. Buchanan Jr. Instead, it’s a rich retrospective of Picasso’s work featuring 150 paintings, drawings and sculpture. Read More
For the past 20 years, Haller has taught at the San Francisco Zen Center. From 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, he will speak in the Koret Auditorium at the de Young Museum as part of a lecture titled “Love in the Age of Enlightenment.” Read More
“The Mission has largest concentration of murals in the world,” says writer Annice Jacoby. Read More
The de Young Museum’s wildly popular annual flower festival, “Bouquets to Art,” this year precedes the big Impressionist exhibit from Paris’ Musée d’Orsay coming in May, so the theme is “French Impressions.” Read More